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After days of bad press, Trump stepped in to reverse DeVos’ plan. (image: Wikimedia Commons)

The big story…

Trump Backtracks on Plan to Cut Funding for Special Olympics

After Education Secretary Betsy DeVos spent days defending her new budget proposal that included cutting funding for the Special Olympics, which received criticism by both lawmakers and the general public, President Trump has stepped in to reverse the situation, saying that funding for the event will remain untouched. The Associated Press notes that Trump’s action is not unique, “The president’s shift Thursday was not the first time he has undermined a top aide. He repeatedly berated former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in public and private and clashed openly with former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, ultimately firing him in a tweet.”

In higher education…

West Virginia Makes their Public Community Colleges Tuition Free for In-State Residents

On Monday, March 25th, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed a bill into law that would make all public community and technical colleges throughout the state tuition-free as well as affordable for qualified in-state residents. The new law bill permits tuition grants publically funded by the state towards in-state legal U.S. residents who are at least the age of 18 years old, have lived in West Virginia for at least one year immediately preceding the date they apply for, and have completed an accreditated secondary educational program. Read more in Duane Paul Murphy’s report for CMN.

In sports…

What to Expect for the Rest of the European Soccer Season

Now that the final international break of the 2018-19 season is in the books, here’s what to expect from in the five major European leagues and two tournaments as the 2018-19 season reaches a climax. Read all about it in Patrick Foster’s report for CMN.

In business…

Ride-Sharing Service Lyft Goes Public

As we speak, the popular ride-sharing app Lyft is going public with a $24 billion valuation. Lyft has been losing money over the past few years, so the company is likely hoping that this change will turn things around. But going public may not actually be the best thing for Lyft drivers.

In Disney World…

Disney to Ban Smoking and Large Strollers at All Parks

Starting on May 1, the most magical place on Earth will no longer allow smoking or large strollers, although there will be designated smoking areas in some Disney facilities, such as the parks’ resorts. Strollers, however, will have to fit the maximum dimensions, in order to cut down on traffic issues in the increasingly crowded parks.

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Last but not least…

Is Ichiro…Underrated?

Sporting fans come together when a great player concludes an illustrious career. Not too long ago, MLB fans said goodbye to untainted Yankees’ greats Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter, both five-time World Series winners. Now, the MLB bids farewell to the future first ballot Hall of Famer, Ichiro Suzuki. Even though he is Cooperstown bound, is it possible to be underrated, even if a player will be or already is enshrined as a legend? Read more in Adam Shay’s piece for CMN.

Today’s Morning Scoop was made possible by Adam ShayDuane Paul MurphyPatrick Foster, and the CMN Staff. A new cutting board hack has broken the internet. Some say it changes lives, others say it’s too much to handleP.S. Was this newsletter forwarded by a friend? Subscribe here to get the Morning Scoop straight to your inbox every day.


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Grace Cooper is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she studied Nonfiction Writing and Psychology. When she's not obsessively reading or writing about the news, you can probably find her eating too much pizza and watching When Harry Met Sally for the hundredth time.

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